BCHL Alums feature heavily in WCHA postseason awards

(Submitted by Alex Hoegler, BCHL communications)

The WCHA awards heavily featured BCHL talents.

Headlining the group was the Michigan Tech Huskies star forward Alex Petan, who was named WCHA Player of the Year and part of the All-WCHA First team. Petan led the Huskies with 17 goals and 30 points. The Coquitlam Express alum played in the BCHL from 2009-10 to 2011-12 and scored 56 goals and 128 points in 155 games.

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Ferris State Bulldogs forward Corey Mackin took home Rookie of the Year honours and was named to the WCHA-All Rookie Team, where his nine goals and 23 points were second on the team. Mackin played the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons with the Express, where he notched 74 goals and 154 points in 115 games.

Huskies’ goaltender Jamie Phillips was named Outstanding Student Athlete of the Year. The Winnipeg Jets prospect posted a 21-7-5 record with the Huskies and had a 3.52 GPA. Phillips played the 2012-13 season with the Powell River Kings, and had a 16-6-1 record and .921 save percentage with the team.

Alaska Nanooks and former Surrey Eagles forward Tyler Morley was also named to the All-WCHA First Team after leading the team with 16 goals and 28 points. Morley played with the Eagles from 2008-09 to 2011-12, where he posted 67 goals and 156 points in 208 games.

Northern Michigan Wildcats forward and Vernon Vipers alum Darren Nowick was named to the WCHA-All Second Team, leading the team with 30 points. Nowick played the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons with Vernon, posting 36 goals and 86 points in 109 games for the Vipers.

The WCHA All-WCHA third team was made up of primarily BCHL alums. Former Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Penticton Vees standout Bryce Gervais was among them, finishing in a tie for most goals on the Minnesota State Mavericks with 14 and second in team scoring with 22 points.

Michigan Tech forward Malcolm Gould, who played with the Quesnel Milliionaires (2009-10 to 2010-11,) and Chilliwack Chiefs in 2012-12, finishing third in scoring for the Huskies with 24 points. Gould had 50 goals and 103 points in 117 BCHL games.

Huskies rearguard Shane Hanna, who played for the Penticton Vees (2010-11 to 2011-12,) and Salmon Arm Silverbacks (2011-12 to 2012-13,) was tied for sixth in team scoring. In 108 BCHL games, he had 15 goals and 74 points.

Lake Superior Lakers goaltender Gordon Defiel also made the third team, with a 9-7-2 record and .934 save percentage that led the league. Diefel played the 2014-14 season with the Coquitlam Express, posting a 20-21-1 record with them.

Michigan Tech forward Jake Lucchini was named to the WCHA-All Rookie team, where he posted six goals and 15 points. Lucchini played from 2012-13 to 2014-15 with the Trail Smoke Eaters and posted 48 goals and 68 points in 116 games with the team.